Every time I think that the Marvel Play Arts Kai Variant figure line is over and Square-Enix is done taking my money, they pull me back in! I really, truly thought that the Play Arts Kai Deadpool and Wolverine figures that went up for sale since last summer were the end of Marvel PAK, but it looks like the line has some life left in it! At New York Toy Fair 2017 last month, I was lucky enough to see the Marvel Play Arts Kai Magneto and Doctor Strange figures revealed in-person!
And so, though I legit hadn’t intended to visit the Square-Enix booth at the 2017 Toy Fair right off the bat, I ended up seeing their two newest Marvel Play Arts Kai figures within the first five minutes that the floor was open. And though the two new reveals aren’t characters I would have expected, they’re definitely ones I’ll be buying!
Magneto is in the upper-echelon of popularity as far as both X-Men characters and villains go in the Marvel Universe, so it’s not particularly shocking to see Mags getting the PAK treatment after Wolverine and Deadpool.
I should have expected a Doctor Strange Play Arts Kai if the line was going to continue, but he honestly never crossed my mind (perhaps because I’ve tried really hard to put the Doc’s movie far out of my mind).
The detailing on the magic effects piece rune the Doctor Strange PAK figure is holding looks tremendous, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how it looks once it’s cast in (I assume) translucent plastic.
Play Arts Kai Deadpool and Wolverine are currently up for order and expected to be released this spring, with Magneto and Doctor Strange scheduled to be released in July 2017 and August 2017 (respectively). I’ll post an update with order info and official photos of both new figures painted once made available by Square-Enix.
Are you pleased to see the Play Arts Kai Marvel figure line continuing for another year, Marvel collectors? What do you think of the unpainted prototypes of Magneto and Doctor Strange, and do you have your eye on adding either character to your own collection?